Catching up on Monday on a Tuesday

So I fell asleep pretty early last night and didn’t even get to catch any of my Monday night shows. So tonight is How I Met Your Two Broke Gossip Girls…

FIRST, ON TWO BROKE GIRLS…

Everything was funny, as usual. Kat Dennings really killed it.

I find this show really just cant run out of material, and considering it’s main target of ridicule is the poor/rich difference (mostly in a making fun of rich people kind of way) and more importantly hipsters… because let’s face it, hipsters are a never-ending fountain of comic fodder.

This episode was particularly good for any girl out there wanting to stare at some Amish eye candy… it was also particularly vulgar, even for this show. And while they really got big into weaving “the cupcake business” into the story (an making sure to point it out in the show with supporting characters) they have taken a nice little break from it for the last few episodes and twisted in a little romantic side-story.

AND THEN THERE WAS HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER…

Which was pretty disappointing… as it has been this season. I really hope that when I go back over them all that this final season blends into the rest of the story better than it’s doing in my head. Although they threw in a couple of HIMYM style “but we’ll get to that”, cliffhangers which was nice, so I guess we’ll see if it gets better…

… GOD I hope it gets better…

AND FINALLY THERE WAS GOSSIP GIRL.

Which was gossipy and full of pretty clothes. Pretty much all it’s there for. So a win in my book.

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Meanwhile, in Manhattan…

Gossip Girl

In my wanderings through TV land I try to avoid a lot of the vapid teenage dramedies, but there’s just something about Gossip Girl that I really, really like. It does share a creator with another one of my other major loves, Chuck. So after a little bit of obsessing over a couple of other really damn fantastic shows (… cough, cough, Sons of Anarchy… couch cough, Fringe…) I fell back on this old favourite. It has been on for a while now, and are on their sixth and final season.

I like this show for being up-front about what it is: a teenage soap opera. It’s meant to be. It’s about teenage Manhattan primadonnas from the upper east side who spend an inordinate amount of time scheming against each other and crying about it to the others, who then scheme against each other and crying about it to others, who then scheme against each other and crying about it to others, and so on and so forth. This includes the guys. It’s about pretty people who wear pretty designer clothes and make vacuous comments about nothing that really matters, there’s a mild twist of wit but it makes no pretense about being anything other than that. It never tries to be anything more than what it is… mindless lady-tainment.

AND SO FAR IT HAS REMAINED WONDERFULLY CONSITENT

Season 6 has proved to be on par with the previous seasons. It’s nice to see that the kids have grown up a bit and are doing things on a bigger scale than high school, but they still cause the same amount of grief. It’s he-said/she-said and social media and socialite news blogs out the wazoo and I’m LOVING it! For no other reason than it gets my inner bitch excited. Because hey, crazy bitches need love too. 😉

I wonder if TV is drawing inspiration, or a caricature?

As I’ve mentioned before I’m a bit of a fan of this show called Awkward on MTV. This show is cute and I find it mildly entertaining, however part of watching shows that are well below my age group makes me ponder whether or not TV is a reflection of society (It also makes me realize that I’m not a teenager anymore…). If it is then life has changed some, but even more shockingly it has stayed the same in a lot of other ways.

THINGS HAVE CHANGED

Remember TV moms ten years ago? They had warm and caring personalities and an almost divine ability to soothe the soul. They always knew what to say and when to get involved and whether they were married, divorced, or widowed they were always looking out for their children. So what happened to that mom? It seems like over the years she’s been knocked off her pedestal and replaced with someone who is selfish, amoral and condescending (not to mention really pretty dumb). I’ve been noticing a trend of terrible mothers on TV the last few years. They aren’t present in their children’s lives and have an attitude of friendship and co-existence when it comes to their relationship with their kids. They encourage bad morals and practice what they preach. Are these ditsy overgrown teenagers a sign of whats happened to mothers in real life? At least TV dads have been elevated to pick up the slack. All together the family dynamic has changed a lot in TV land. As someone who grew up in a very supportive and loving family environment, I wonder if the broken home full of people who have no idea what they’re doing is a mirror of real life? Have moms world-over lost their position of respect? Or has television just made them caricatures of how we saw our parents when we were kids? 

THINGS HAVE STAYED THE SAME

While mom has truly become a different kind of person the high school bully certainly hasn’t, particularly the “queen bee”. I was watching the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (I’m a big fan of Joss Whedon shows, what can I say?) and the main bitchy lady-bully acts the same as any other I see on teen TV today. They’re still mean, kinda stupid and controlling. These mean girls walk around with minions and create chaos and sadness for everyone around them because they are not only sociopaths but insecure and horrible people.

So why is it different for moms than it is for bullies? Again I wonder if this is all a comparison to real life, and if so I fear for the development of today’s teenagers.